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Iconic buildings across Ontario set to become symbols of inclusion on May 3rd

Towns and cities across Ontario will be a little brighter on the evening of May 3rd, 2019. That’s because buildings and structures in communities across the province will be illuminated in blue and green as part of the fourth annual Shine a Light on Community Living campaign. The nighttime spectacle, which includes the lighting of the CN Tower, is one of many events taking place in support of Community Living Month that will foster awareness around the importance of inclusion in the community for people who have an intellectual disability and their families.

The administration buildings for many of Community Living Ontario’s member organizations will cast blue and green shadows on May 3rd. Previously, the Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall in Kingston, and Fort Erie’s Peace Bridge have been illuminated in support of Community Living, as well as many municipal offices, banks, and restaurants across Ontario.

“By having these well-recognized structures illuminated in Community Living’s colours,” said Chris Beesley, Chief Executive Officer of Community Living Ontario, “we are raising awareness and demonstrating what’s possible for people who have an intellectual disability and their families while bringing everyone together.”

The CN Tower illumination will begin at sunset, however, the lighting won’t become fully visible until the sky darkens sufficiently approximately 30 minutes later. As it does every night, a standard light show will run for eight minutes at the top of every hour. The lighting will conclude at sunrise.

Friends of Community Living are encouraged to participate in the campaign by posting their photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media channels using the hashtag #shinealightonCL.

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Community Living Ontario is a family-based association assisting people who have an intellectual disability and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. We are a progressive leader in the developmental services sector representing more than 12,000 people, families, and over 100 member organizations.

For additional information and interview requests, contact:

Ron Laroche
Director, Communications, Marketing and Fund Development
Community Living Ontario
Cell: 416-707-4907
Email: rlaroche@communitylivingontario.ca